at last! i have finally managed to make vcds out of my mini dv recordings! i want to say a big thank you to all that gave me advice on the problems that i was having with my sony dcr pc 106. After so many emails that i sent to sony i was'nt getting anywhere, I mean they should tell consumers in the instructions manual what is required to make vcds or what we need use to transfer our recordings over to pcs, the usb cable that they supplied was absolutely rubbish! they might as well not include it in the box. But anyway thanks to all the people in the forum for helping me.